Augustine's Problem: Impotence and Grace - eBook
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Augustine's Problem: Impotence and Grace - eBook  -     By: Jeffrey F. Nicoll
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Title: Augustine's Problem: Impotence and Grace - eBook
By: Jeffrey F. Nicoll
Format: DRM Free ePub
Vendor: Resource Publications
Publication Date: 2016
ISBN: 9781498224956
ISBN-13: 9781498224956
Stock No: WW109258EB

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Augustine's Problem provides a new approach to St. Augustine's life and doctrine, hypothesizing that his problem was not sexual addiction but sexual impotence. For Augustine, the problem with sex was not the seductive nature of women, but the unpredictability of desire, which can induce an unwanted erection or fail to provide one when even the mind would choose to have sex. He extends his personal incapacity to a general impotence of the will--we can never, without grace, choose any good. Just as the impotent man cannot work on his impotence, we cannot work on our salvation; only God can make a difference and predestines a tiny elect. The disobedience of the Garden is transferred to the disobedience of the male member, guaranteeing that the sin of Eden is transferred, in conception, as original sin. The most controversial elements of Augustine's theology are all linked to the theme of impotence, as expressed in his writings, from the Confessions to the anti-Pelagian works written at the end of his life.

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Jeff Nicoll received his doctorate in theoretical physics from MIT and has published papers in physics and cosmology. This is his first work in the areas of church history and theology.

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